MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:
The sacrifices you have all made during this pandemic are why we can reopen earlier than expected and return to more of the activities and people we have missed. Thank you for continuing to do your part, following the health and safety guidelines and coming out in droves to get vaccinated when you’ve been eligible! While this is certainly good news, we’ve heard from our medical officers of health that we need to continue with physical distancing and masks indoors (and outside when we cannot maintain 2 metres) as another layer of protection and preventative measure. This will help ensure we have a safe and enjoyable summer, and a healthy fall.
*Please see below a news release issued by the City of Burlington.
Burlington, Ont. — July 15, 2021 — The Province has announced that Ontario, including Halton Region and the City of Burlington, will officially move into Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen, beginning Friday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m. The Roadmap is the province’s three-step plan to safely lift public health measures based on provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health indicators.
Changes to recreation programming
Step 3 allows for limited indoor and expanded outdoor activities. City programs will continue to follow public health guidance when required, including physical distancing, capacity limits and wearing masks or face coverings.
- City facilities will reopen on Monday, July 19and indoor recreation programming will be offered. Spectators, with capacity limits, will be phased in over several weeks to allow the City to focus on the safe return of athletes.
Indoor rentals – gyms, rooms, auditoriums, ice and arena floors
- City staff are working to finalize the scheduling for returning community program providers. When booking opens for new rental requests, an announcement will be made on the City’s website and social media accounts. Updates are expected the first week of August.
- Pickleball court rentals will be available beginning Monday, July 26 at Central Arena, Burlington Seniors’ Centre and Haber Community Centre. Following the most current COVID-19 regulations and protocols, indoor pickleball courts will be available for booking by friends or household groups. Reservations must be made online at liveandplay.burlington.ca
- Outdoor adult drop-in programs for wellness and fitness are open for registration. Pre-registration is required at Burlington.ca/dropinandplay
- Indoor adult programs will resume Tuesday, Aug. 3. Information about programs and schedules will be available online beginning Wednesday, July 21, with registration for Burlington residents starting Saturday, July 24 at 9 a.m. Registration for non-residents opens on Friday, July 30 at 9 a.m. Visit Burlington.ca/recreation
- All outdoor pools and splash pads are open for swimming lessons, drop-in lap swims and recreational swims until Monday, Sept. 6. Capacities will increase, as set out by the province in Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen
- Indoor pools will open Monday, July 19 with swimming lessons resuming Tuesday, Aug. 3. Information about lessons will be available online on Wednesday, July 21, with registration for Burlington residents starting Saturday, July 24 at 11 a.m. Registration for non-residents opens Friday, July 30 at 9 a.m. Visit Burlington.ca/recreation
- For all pools, registration is required 25 hours in advance at burlington.ca/dropinandplay and all participants must fill out the pre-screening form one hour before their pool time at Burlington.ca/screening
- Summer swim passes and 30-day lap or aquafit passes can be purchased and re-activated at email@example.com. For more information on pools, visit Burlington.ca/swimming
- Indoor drop-in skating will resume Tuesday, July 20, including public skates, skates 19+ and various sticks and pucks programs. Visit Burlington.ca/dropinandplay. Skate passes can be purchased and re-activated at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Artificial ice is installed in the Appleby Ice Centre parking lot and can be accessed by skaters on a first come, first served basis. For more information on artificial ice, visit Burlington.ca/skating
- The following performance will be live and livestreamed at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre:
- Fiddler on the Roof – Saturday, July 24 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 25 at 1 p.m.
- Cinderella – Thursday, July 29 at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Visit BPAC for tickets.
- The indoor dining room will reopen on Friday, July 16. For more information, visit Tyandagagolf.com.
Other City services
426 Brant St.
|The Service Burlington counter at City Hall, at 426 Brant St., is open to the public to offer in-person payments for:|
The counter is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Service Burlington offers marriage licenses and commissioning services by appointment only. Please call Service Burlington at 905-335-7777 or start your booking online to schedule an appointment at burlington.ca/marriagelicences or burlington.ca/commissioning.
Payment methods accepted
|Burlington Transit||Burlington Transit continues to operate on a modified schedule. For schedule and real-time bus information, visit myride.burlingtontransit.ca. Reduced Youth Summer passes and SPLIT passes are available to purchase at the Downtown Terminal, 430 John St.|
|Halton Court Services||In-person court administration counter services at 4085 Palladium Way are available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday. Telephone payments are available at 905-637-1274, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Many services are also available by email at email@example.com or online at Halton Court Services.|
|Parking||Parking enforcement is in effect. Residents needing to park on-street past the five-hour limit can apply for a parking permit or exemptions at burlington.ca/parkingexemption|
|Roads, Parks & Forestry||Services provided by the Roads, Parks and Forestry Department will continue as needed. Residents with questions or concerns can email RPF@burlington.ca or call 905-333-6166|
As the provincewide vaccination rate and key public health and health care indicators improve, and City staff receives and reviews updated orders from the Province of Ontario and more details under its Roadmap to Reopen, we will continue to comply and keep you up-to-date on available City services and what can open while keeping City of Burlington staff and residents safe.
- To report an incident in Halton of non-compliance with the provincial COVID measures, please call the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 hotline at 905-825-4722.
- For more information about community supports, please visit the COVID-19 Community Resources web page on burlington.ca/coronavirus.
PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages burlington.ca/coronavirus (and subscribe) and bit.ly/mayormeedwardCOVID19updates, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — bit.ly/COVID19BurlingtonFAQ that are updated as new information becomes available.
A consolidated page for information and updates on the work of the provincial Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force is available at bit.ly/COVIDVaccineUpdates.
Halton Region has also created a dedicated COVID-19 Vaccine webpage at halton.ca/covidvaccines for up to date information on the status of our COVID19 vaccination program.
A Burlington COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help support our community through this unprecedented emergency — updates will be provided at burlington.ca/COVID19taskforce.
To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.
We’ve also created a dedicated page to feature the local organizations and businesses that have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways — head to bit.ly/covidwallofinspiration.
HELPFUL RESOURCES & RELATED LINKS:
- Community questions and requests regarding City of Burlington services can be directed to Service Burlington by phone at 905-335-7777, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or online.
- Halton Region has created a Reopening Schools resource webpage for parents, students and teachers at halton.ca/covid19.
- For further COVID-19 information, including where to get tested, please visit Halton Region Public Health halton.ca/coronavirus
- Residents can stay informed at burlington.ca/coronavirus as well as on our social media channels: @cityburlington on Twitter and facebook.com/cityburlington
- Questions about the cancellation of Recreation programs can be directed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-335-7738
- City of Burlington: www.burlington.ca/coronavirus
- Resources for Residents & Non-Profit Organizations: www.burlington.ca/covid19resources.
- Halton Region: www.halton.ca/coronavirus
- Government of Ontario: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
- Provincial Emergency Orders: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200052
- Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/coronavirus
- World Health Organization: www.who.int
- Joseph Brant Hospital: josephbranthospital.ca/covid-19
- Team Burlington Business Supports: burlingtonchamber.com/team-burl-supporting-burl-business-during-covid-19/
- Burlington Food Bank: call 905-637-CARE (2273), or visit burlingtonfoodbank.ca
- Food for Life: call 905-635-1106 and press 7, or visit foodforlife.ca
- Canadian Mental Health Association – Halton Branch: call 289-291-5396, or visit halton.cmha.ca
*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist